Week 3

January 17th, 2013

Verses read

Jan:

10 Genesis 23:1-24:51
Matthew 8:1-17
Psalm 9:13-20
Proverbs 3:1-6

11 Genesis 24:52-26:16
Matthew 8:18-34
Psalm 10:1-15
Proverbs 3:7-8

12 Genesis 26:17-27:46
Matthew 9:1-17
Psalm 10:16-18
Proverbs 3:9-10

13 Genesis 28:1-29:35
Matthew 9:18-38
Psalm 11:1-7
Proverbs 3:11-12

14 Genesis 30:1-31:16
Matthew 10:1-23
Psalm 12:1-8
Proverbs 3:13-15

15 Genesis 31:17-32:12
Matthew 10:24-11:6
Psalm 13:1-6
Proverbs 3:16-18

16 Genesis 32:13-34:31
Matthew 11:7-30
Psalm 14:1-7
Proverbs 3:19-20

17 Genesis 35:1-36:43
Matthew 12:1-21
Psalm 15:1-5
Proverbs 3:21-26

What a great week, every day spending time in the Word not missing a single passage and living free from guilt and shame that you missed a few days, and you are supposed to be the leader on this and if you can’t read it everyday then you don’t deserve to be here and might as well call the whole thing off.

Can you tell I missed a few days?

It is funny that even though I knew the advice that if you miss a day just pick yourself back up straight away and move on. If you catch up great, if you don’t who cares. Read the bible in one year and one day – you are still reading your bible. But the guilt got to me. I missed a day, I have to read two, now is not a good time to read two so I will do it later. Oh dear it is the next day and now I have to read three, but who has time for that!!! It is a vicious cycle.

But the good news is I woke up to myself and before I missed another day I just picked that day’s reading and read it. Problem solved, back on square footing. Sure there are two days I am behind but I may catch up slowly over time. I could do one verse extra a day for all I care. Or I could wait until I am on holidays like Easter and I could take the time to catch up. At the end of the day no one is keeping score but everyone is looking around to see who is running and if you don’t stop running this adventure continues.

You see time changes everything and we see that in the story of Jacob who was running away from his brother. It had been many many years since he had seen his brother and the last time they hung out his brother was waiting for their dad to die so he could kill him. The kind of sibling rivalry that is taking it a little too far. So years later when he catches up to him he thinks he is a dead man but time has worked it’s magic and all has been smoothed out.

We can use this to our advantage when it comes to our bible reading. It may not be making sense, but give it time. It may not feel like it is impacting your life, but give it time. It may feel that there is not much point to the whole exercise, but give it time. If time can make a murderous brother into a loving sibling, I know it can take any situation and with a little bit of faith turn it into what you really need it to be.

Have Fun.

Dan

Next Week’s Readings

JAN:

18 Genesis 37:1-38:30
Matthew 12:22-45
Psalm 16:1-11
Proverbs 3:27-32
19 Genesis 39:1-41:16
Matthew 12:46-13:23
Psalm 17:1-15
Proverbs 3:33-35

20 Genesis 41:17-42:17
Matthew 13:24-46
Psalm 18:1-15
Proverbs 4:1-6

21 Genesis 42:18-43:34
Matthew 13:47-14:12
Psalm 18:16-36
Proverbs 4:7-10

22 Genesis 44:1-45:28
Matthew 14:13-36
Psalm 18:37-50
Proverbs 4:11-13

23 Genesis 46:1-47:31
Matthew 15:1-28
Psalm 19:1-14
Proverbs 4:14-19

24 Genesis 48:1-49:33
Matthew 15:29-16:12
Psalm 20:1-9
Proverbs 4:20-27

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